Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has apologized to the family of a former television executive who accused former CBS chief Leslie Moonves of sexual misconduct.
The chief’s apology came after revelations that a former LAPD captain in 2017 shared information about Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb’s allegations with CBS executives, including Moonves.
The LAPD was rocked last fall amid allegations that former commander Cory Palka gave Moonves special treatment when he was in charge of the LAPD’s Hollywood division. Palka allegedly worked to cover up Golden-Gottlieb’s sexual assault report in 2017 and 2018, according to a November New York Atty report. General Letitia James.
The revelations prompted Moore to open an internal review into the conduct of a former member of his department.
On Thursday, Moore and other LAPD officials met with Golden-Gottlieb’s adult children and attorney, Gloria Allred.
“Chief Moore… updated them on the status of the investigation and apologized to them personally for our former commanding officer’s breach of trust when he shared information from his mother’s crime report with CBS executives,” he said. LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz. in a statement on Friday.
Jim Gottlieb and Cathy Weiss spoke fondly of their mother, who died last July, during a press conference Friday with Allred at his Los Angeles office. Weiss said she was grateful that her mother did not live to see how the high-ranking LAPD officer had handled her sexual assault claim.
“She kept [the alleged sexual assault] secret for so many decades, out of fear, even though she was a staunch feminist,” Weiss said. “She was still afraid to report, which is kind of ironic… [because] Decades later, when it came forward, it was almost silenced again.”
Weiss and his brother said they were pleased with their meeting with Moore and other LAPD officials.
“We think they are taking this issue very seriously,” Jim Gottlieb said. “The general public, and especially people who come forward with reports of sexual assault, must have confidence that the police will treat them as the victims they are, without any hint of shame or concern that their confidential report will be compromised in any way. ”.
It wasn’t until the November release of the New York attorney general’s report that Weiss and Gottlieb discovered the extent of coordination between Palka, who has since retired, Moonves and others at CBS to bury her mother’s allegations.
In 2017, Golden-Gottlieb, then 81, accused Moonves of sexually assaulting her in the mid-1980s when they were colleagues at Lorimar Productions, the powerful TV studio behind “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.” On November 10, 2017, Golden-Gottlieb drove to the Hollywood station and filed a report. She checked a box on the form indicating that she wanted the information kept confidential, according to Allred.
“I was so proud when my mom told me she was going to report his conduct to the police,” Weiss said.
But over the next few months, the LAPD captain secretly provided Moonves and CBS executives with updates on the status of the LAPD investigation into Golden-Gottlieb’s claims, as well as her police report, which included personal details about her, she said. the attorney general’s office. CBS executives then “began to investigate the victim’s personal circumstances and those of her family,” the report says.
Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file charges in 2018 because the statute of limitations had expired.
Moonves, through a spokesman, declined to comment on Friday. He has previously denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Palka was not available for comment.
The LAPD’s internal investigation, looking into “the overall administrative handling of the case,” is ongoing, Muniz said Friday. “Chief Moore discussed [with the Gottlieb family] the investigative procedures that were carried out and at this point we do not believe [Palka] could influence the investigation.
Allred said he requested the meeting with Moore on behalf of Golden-Gottlieb’s children.
The meeting allowed the family to “learn about [the department’s] commitment to investigate and hold accountable those who may have violated any law or LAPD policy,” said Jim Gottlieb.
There are signs that the investigation is expanding.
“Los Angeles Police Department investigators are working with the United States Attorney General, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles District Attorney on any open criminal investigations,” said Muniz, the police captain.
Golden-Gottlieb filed her complaint against Moonves when the #MeToo movement was reaching a fever pitch. In 2018, Golden-Gottlieb also shared her story with The Times.
Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.